Ain't Portland Grand
Thank you very much for taking the time to look at us. We are a small business doing our best to have a great time while providing things of interest to our customers. We have lots of strange/esoteric/fun things to look at, in addition to a great selection of used and rare books. We would love to see you in person and encourage you to come into the store, located at 1401 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202-1139. We are here in the afternoons Monday through Saturday.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I have been working here steadily for the last 3 years, and we have gone through many changes over that time. We have become more proficient at selling via the internet, including other third party sites like Amazon and Abebooks. We have upgraded the stock via acquisitions, estates, and paring back on some of the detritus that builds up over the years. My Father and I have become good friends again and enjoy one another's company. I've also gone through most of the books and picked out the strangest/most interesting things in my quest to learn more about books, the business and everything else. So it's now more rare for me to run across something that makes me smile and marvel at what we have tucked away in the many recesses of the store. However today I ran across a couple of things that made me do just that, so I thought that I would post them to let you get an idea of what you might find when you come into the store. I was looking for a book that had been ordered via Amazon and in doing so ran across a Photoplay edition of "Passage to Marseille", or "Man Without Country". This edition features Bogie, Humphrey Bogart himself, holding his trusty friend the cigarette and looking as distinguished as ever. I haven't seen the movie, but the photos on the front and back covers of the book make me want to. It's the kind of book you will never find in a corporate bookstore, and very rarely in any bookstore period. It's next to a similar book featuring Spencer Tracey and Katharine Hepburn on the front cover, with the title being "Keeper of the Flame". They are symbols of a bygone era. I also ran across an old issue of "The American Poetry Review" featuring selections from Pablo Neruda and a photo of the poet himself on the front cover. It dates from 1981 and I can't imagine how a fan of Neruda wouldn't want something like this. What I've noticed is that most people don't realize that items like these exist, at least the younger generation doesn't think about them, so I wanted to make a quick post about the strange and wonderful things you find when you have your nose pressed into a book all day. Thanks for looking. firstname.lastname@example.org or 503 239-5222.
I want to post more photos of the kinds of magazines we have downstairs. There is a literal treasure trove of things to see there, and we hope that you will come in and take a look at some of them. They are perfect for graphic designers, artists, dreamers, thinkers, even interior decorators. There is a little something for everyone, and if it's not for you, something would be great as a gift for someone you like or even love. Again, we have magazines from every week from 1950-2000, plus ones from every month back through 1920 and a large selection from the teens. Thanks again for looking- email@example.com or 503 239-5222 if you would like to contact us.
As I've always been surrounded by old paper, magazines and ephemera I am mostly desensitized to the awesome things I see on a daily basis. At the same time, there are some magazines and images that are always going to catch my eye. I love magazines dealing with Muhammad Ali/Cassius Clay, plus the old baseball magazines always offer a different view of celebrity and sport than we have today. The fashion magazines give us a different view of clothing, gender, aesthetics and everything else. Playboy and Playgirl do the same thing. A magazine from the 1950s is completely different than one from the 1970s. And we are lucky enough to have extensive collections of magazines dating back to the teens and earlier. I am attaching photos to this post, and I would encourage you to come in and ask me to find you something that interests you from our stock of magazines. Unfortunately our basement is too crowded and dusty to be browsed, but I have a good idea of what is down there and can bring things up for you to peruse if you are interested in a specific subject, era or person. Thanks for looking. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503 239-5222.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
In an effort to push some of the more esoteric and specialized stock onto you, the unsuspecting public, I'm posting here regarding our collections of treasure hunting and railroad magazines. We have hundreds of treasure magazines with titles like Lost Treasure, Eastern and Western Treasure, Treasure Search, etc. They are mostly from the 1970s and 80s, and I've included a photo here to give you an idea. The railroad magazines are titles like Railroad, Trains, Railroad Conductor, etc. They are from the 1930s-60s, with some later Model Railroader and similar titles thrown in for good measure. Please contact us at email@example.com or 503 239-5222 if you are interested in knowing more about them.
Friday, April 2, 2010
After a year and a half I am back again to give you a quick update on what's happening with the store. My Father and I have been getting along pretty well- his health is holding up and I am nearly recovered from a fairly serious concussion I suffered in January 2010. Since I last posted we have acquired a beautiful collection of academic books, 60 boxes of high quality volumes dealing with Ancient Greece and Rome, Mythology, Art, Philosophy, Primitive Societies and more. We have been selling a large quantity of those books online but encourage anyone to come in and browse our stock in the afternoons. I will try to post photos soon. We have also started a Google marketing campaign to let people know that we have rare books, magazines and ephemera. Also to emphasize that we also buy high quality books and pay cash- we are one of the few bookstores in town other than Powell's to do so. January was a great month for us because of back to school sales, and this year has started well, so we will cross our fingers that this year will hold up, as 2009 was quite slow for us, just as it was for everyone else we've talked to. Thanks again for reading, and feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503 239-5222.